Industrial Kosher

Behind the “Chometz-Free” Certification

April 4, 2005

For industrial products, the familiar OUP (kosher for Passover) can sometimes be replaced by a “chometz-free” certification. What does this mean? To find out, studying some terminology will be in…

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A Chemical Reaction at Passover

April 4, 2005

TO A LARGE EXTENT, the chemical industry is free from Passover issues because so many chemicals are exclusively mineral-based, as are the processing aids. However, it would be inaccurate to…

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Meeting the Challenge of Certifying Flavors for Passover

April 4, 2005

FLAVORS—THE MYSTERIOUS ingredients added to almost all processed foods that completes the gastronomic experience create unique challenges for Passover certification. Due to the nature of flavor chemicals and the complexity…

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The Kosher for Passover Snack: A Rarity no More

April 4, 2005

Passover is a holiday steeped in great tradition. Our ancestors, living in a world without manufacturing processes, prepared all the food used for Passover from scratch, involving great time and…

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Not a Half-Baked Idea: Baking for Passover Offers Tasty Rewards

April 4, 2005

Passover is a time when the Kosher consumer faces additional dietary restrictions. Leavened bread, termed chometz, is forbidden. The well-known traditional baked staple permitted and associated with Passover is matzah,…

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Keeping Up with Passover Trenditions

April 4, 2005

Supermarkets across the globe know just the right moment to signal the Jewish consumer’s Passover panic. About six weeks before the holiday begins, the conspicuous Passover display reminders appear–endless boxes…

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From the Editor

April 4, 2005

The very Hebrew name for the holiday, Pesach, refers to a conversant mouth. The matzah rabbinically referred to as lechem oni, poor man’s bread, is seen not simply as a…

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The Sleeping Giant: The Kosher For Passover Market

April 4, 2005

The scene in my local supermarket is a familiar one each year. A few weeks before Passover, the first shipment of OUP (P=KOSHER FOR PASSOVER) Coca-Cola arrives and is placed…

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The Beginnings of OU Kosher

February 18, 2005

The beginnings of the Orthodox Union’s Kashruth Division and the world famous OU symbol.

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Ancient Bowfin Presents New Ich-Theological Conundrum

January 21, 2005

What is the Kosher status of the bowfin, the notorious freshwater fish?

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